- AP: Three more dissidents, released from prison, arrived in
today. That makes 15. Spain
- AFP: The Cuban government’s first official statement on the prisoner releases came from legislative chief Ricardo Alarcon, now traveling in Europe, and he seems to affirm that those who say they want to stay in Cuba will indeed be released: “The agreement says that they could travel abroad…but in Cuba there are people who have been freed from prison several years ago and who stayed in their homes. As in this case,” he says.
- Juan Tamayo of the Miami Herald examines political prisoner numbers, now that there is word that more than 52 could be released. The frequently cited list of 167 compiled by Elizardo Sanchez’s organization is often described as a list of political prisoners, but its title says it is composed of those tried or sentenced for “political or political-social motives,” and includes some convicted of crimes such as terrorism, as the article mentions.
consular officials in U.S. are explaining the procedures and timelines for immigration and asylum applications to the families of political prisoners. Bottom line: if their wish is to settle in the Havana , they should stay in United States and apply in Cuba rather than go to Cuba where they would have to apply as immigrants, not refugees, and things will take much longer. Spain ’s foreign minister got a little carried away predicting that the Spain embargo’s days are numbered because of the prisoner releases. U.S.
- BBC: The first group to arrive in
is opposed to EU repeal of its “common position.” Spain
- El Universal: Arturo Pérez de Alejo, a dissident released from jail and now in
with his wife, daughter, and four other relatives, says he is in “forced exile.” He wouldn’t speculate about the future of the Spain embargo but said it “has not caused any effect on the Cuban government, but yes on the Cuban people, because it has been fifty-something years with the same policy, and what has it solved?” U.S.